Why Float?

Why Float?2019-01-19T19:06:37-04:00


People float to relieve stress, recover from injuries, treat addiction, eliminate chronic pain, and much more. Floating naturally increases your dopamine and endorphin levels, boosting your mood and leaving you with a pleasant afterglow that can last for days after. For athletes it offers peak performance and speedy recovery virtually eliminating ‘post-race letdown’.  


Everything you experience while floating comes from within yourself. Its a great opportunity to connect with your breath and bring stillness to your body and mind. After about 30-45 minutes of floating, your mind starts producing theta brainwaves, which are responsible for that ‘between waking & sleeping’ state.

Clarity & Learning

In connecting with your whole body and the stillness of your breath there is more space for you to access your inner knowing and wisdom. Floating can suspend the dominant detail oriented left hemisphere of the human brain allowing the right hemisphere to operate freely, giving the floater access to unusual powers of creativity, imagination, visualization, and problem solving.


Pain Relief & Injury Recovery

In addition to the constant pain, physical injuries keep many people from working. Float tanks can help get people back to work and save companies money in worker’s comp.

  • Expediting healing in broken bones
  • Expediting healing in sprained joints
  • Relief from back pain
  • Relief from neck pain
  • Spinal alignment
  • Structural alignment
  • Physical rehabilitation

Medical Conditions

Floating has been known to assist in treatment of the following conditions with positive results:

  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Fibromyalgia – What’s uniquely exciting about this relief from Fibromyalgia that it’s a condition that currently has very few known remedies. A recent pilot study with Fibromyalgia patients found a significant decrease in pain both from the beginning to the end of a float, and from float session to float session.

Athletic Training

Time in a floatation tank can assist athletic training in the following ways:

  • Lactic acid reduction
  • Improved reaction time
  • Physical recovery – Our bodies can physically rest up to 4 times faster in a float tank than in a bed.
  • Injury recovery – Injuries have been shown to heal up to twice as fast while floating, with a gradually diminishing effect for several days after. This can bring sports players back onto the field faster, and is an ideal treatment to coincide with many forms of physical rehabilitation.
  • Injury prevention – Many injuries are a result of stress and tension in the body during the moment of injury. Floating encourages a relaxed physicality that helps prevent injuries from occurring.

Stress Relief

A plethora of ailments arise from our bodies not being able to return to their comfortable homeostasis. Severe enough stress can even completely stunt growth in the human body. Float tanks are possibly the most relaxing environment we can put our bodies into. Stress relief comes almost instantly from floating, and simply gets stronger and lasts longer the more you float. Consistent floating can help alleviate conditions such as the following:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Apoplexy or stroke (related to hypertension)
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Ulcers
  • Migraine or tension headaches
  • Asthma
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
  • Depression
  • Burn out syndrome
  • Fertility issues
  • Temporomandibular (TMJ) Syndrome
  • Trichotillomania


Most physical addictions are a result of a certain drug becoming our brain’s main source of substantial dopamine release. As our bodies become more and more dependent on that drug, the dopamine released during our routine lives becomes less effective at satisfying that craving. The float tank provides a natural source of substantial dopamine release in our brain. Having a healthy source for this gives an addict’s brain somewhere to look other than their addiction. In effect, the float tank weens the brain away from a drug dependency by enabling them to have a natural, internal alternative.


Sensory deprivation has been shown to have an incredible success rate in helping people quit smoking. In fact, about twice that of other traditional treatments (the nicotine patch, etc.). When combined with behavioral therapy, these success rate go into the 70-80% range. But what’s really impressive about sensory deprivation is the effect it has on the duration of smoking abstinence people maintain. While most conventional treatments drop dramatically in their success after 1-2 years, sensory deprivation studies have shown only a nominal decrease when compared along the same timeline.

Alcohol and Painkillers

Like smoking, sensory deprivation has demonstrably shown significant success in reducing alcohol consumption, both immediately, and for several years to follow. Float On reports that two of their most regular customers have used the float tank to quit their pain killer addictions cold turkey. One floats so regularly that they had to create a custom 16 float/month membership just for him. The other has told us that floating has been so effective for him that he wants to open a drug rehabilitation center focused around the use of float tanks.

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